On Tuesday, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has announced that a real-time translation feature for Skype would be released before the end of 2014.
The test version of the new Skype Translator was unveiled to the public in United States by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. The technology would allow users to speak in different languages while the user at the other end hears the word in their own language.
Nadella also demonstrated the feature by having conversation with Chief Executive Gurudeep Singh Pall who spoke in German and Skype provided real-time translation in an automated voice during an interview at Re/code Code Conference in Palos Verdes. Nadella also added that the feature will be available to consumers using any type of devices.
“Its going to make sure you can communicate with anybody without language barriers,” said Nadella.
The Skype Translator will be released as a Windows 8 beta app and will support 40 languages. According to the blog post the technology was developed after a decade spent on speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies. The feature is the result of combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft translator. with neural network based speech recognition software.
Microsoft will undergo a significant upgrade with the release of this new feature as only written words are translated on Bing search engine and Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft had also recently released voice-assistant for Windows phones named “Cortana” similar to Siri. Skype has over 300 million each month and two billion minutes of conversation are held every day. Microsoft hopes that this feature will be useful for the international business community to effectively communicate in foreign languages.
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